The Indian car market has never been prioritised safety when buying a new car. However, in the past few years that has changed as manufacturers have started offering world-class safety that meets the international regulations of Global NCAP. The international crash safety rating agency – Global NCAP has tested numerous vehicles sold in the Indian market over the years. In recent times, a slew of four-star and five-star rated vehicles have arrived in the market. But which are these vehicles? We have prepared a list for you.
The upcoming Tata Punch, which will get its price announcement on 18th October has become the safest car in the Indian market. The Punch that offers standard dual-airbags, ABS and ISOFIX anchorage scored a total of 16.45 points out of a maximum of 17. The five-star rated Punch will also become the most affordable car to score a perfect five star in the crash test rating by G-NCAP.
The Mahindra XUV300 became the safest car in the Indian market last year when G-NCAP released its safety ratings. The XUV300 got a perfect five-star rating and scored 16.42 out of a total of 17 points. The XUV300 also gets standard features like dual airbags and ABS as standard. Other features like ESC and side airbags are available with the higher-end variants of the car.
Tata Altroz was the safest car in Tata’s model line-up until the Punch arrived. The Tata Altroz has also scored a perfect five-star score after getting 16.13 points out of 17 points. The Tata Altroz gets two airbags as standard across the range. Both footwell and bodyshell structures are rated as stable on the Altroz. Tata Altroz and the Punch are based on the ALFA platform.
The Tata Nexon was the first made in India car to receive a five-star safety rating. The car was first tested in 2016 to receive a four-star safety rating. In 2018, the model was tested again and received a perfect five-star rating. Tata added standard features like a full-channel ABS system with the Nexon as standard and it helped the car to score one extra star. The Nexon received 16.06 points out of 17. The Nexon also gets dual airbags and ABS as standard.
Mahindra Marazzo has a four-star safety rating. The MPV scored a total of 12.85 points out of 17 in the adult safety rating. The Marazzo is the safest MPV in the Indian market according to G-NCAP ratings. The bodyshell of Mahindra Marazzo is rated stable. The Marazzo offers two airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat mounts and disc brakes on all four wheels as standard with all the variants of the MPV.
The Volkswagen Polo received only a zero star when it was first tested way back in 2014. Since then, Volkswagen loaded the base variant with safety features and further loadings. After Global NCAP did a retest of the vehicle, it received a four-star adult safety rating. The hatchback scored 12.54 points out of 17 points.
The newly launched all-new Mahindra Thar scored a four-star safety rating in the test by Global NCAP. The off-roader scored 12.52 points out of a total of 17 points for adult safety rating. Interestingly, the top-end variant of the Thar with ESC was chosen for the crash test, unlike many cars whose base variants make it to the crash test.
The Tata Tiago is again the safest car in its segment with a four-star safety rating. The Tiago and the Tigor share the same platform and get similar safety ratings as well. The Tata Tiago scored a total of 12.52 points out of 17 points while it has a 3-star safety rating for the child occupants.
Just like the Tata Tiago, the sedan based on the same platform scored a similar 12.52 points out of 17. The vehicle also scored the same points for child safety. The bodyshell structure of the Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor is rated as unstable as the body cannot withstand further loadings. The Tata Tigor EV is also a four-star rated car with 12 points out of 17.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the safest car in its model line-up. The sub-4m compact SUV scored 4 stars out of a total of 17 points. It also scored a 2-star safety rating for child protection. The bodyshell structure of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is rated as stable and it also gets a standard safety kit including two airbags, ABS with EBD.
The Renault Triber MPV, which is one of the most affordable MPVs in the Indian market scored 11.62 points out of a total of 17 points. The car gets a 4-star rating. The bodyshell structure of the Triber is rated as unstable but the footwell area is rated as safe and stable.